NFL Owners Agree To New CBA

The NFLPA will now vote on the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.

Chris Emma
February 20, 2020 - 3:28 pm

(670 The Score) The NFL's owners have accepted terms of a new collective bargaining agreement, the league announced Thursday afternoon. The vote will now move to the NFL players association.

"Following more than 10 months of intensive and thorough negotiations, the NFL players and clubs have jointly developed a comprehensive set of new and revised terms that will transform the future of the game, provide for players – past, present, and future – both on and off the field and ensure that the NFL's second century is even better and more exciting for the fans," the NFL wrote in a statement. 

"The membership voted today to accept the negotiated terms on the principal elements of a new collective bargaining agreement.  The Players Association would also need to vote to approve the same terms for there to be a new agreement.

"Since the clubs and players need to have a system in place and know the rules that they will operate under by next week, the membership also approved moving forward under the final year of the 2011 CBA if the players decide not to approve the negotiated terms. Out of respect for the process and our partners at the NFLPA, we will have no further comment at this time."

The new CBA is expected to include a 17-game regular-season schedule and a new playoff format that features includes 14 teams -- seven from each conference -- as part of the vote.

The NFLPA is expected to conduct a conference call Friday with its player representatives. The policy of the union requires a two-thirds vote by its player representatives before the vote would then go to the full membership. The approval at that final stage would require a majority vote.

Many teams around the NFL are holding off with roster moves until the new collective bargaining agreement is reached, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported. Once the CBA is approved, a number of moves are expected to take place.

The current collective bargaining agreement expires after the 2020 season.

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